Katherine Heigl Out at Grey's Anatomy, Will Not Appear on Series Again

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After six seasons on Grey’s Anatomy, Katherine Heigl is finally nearing a discharge.

EW says series creator Shonda Rhimes has agreed to release the fast-rising movie star from her contract and it's up to ABC Studios and Heigl’s reps to hash out an exit agreement.

Why is all of this coming down right now? That’s where things get interesting.

After taking more than half of the current season off to make another movie and connect with her adopted daughter, Heigl was scheduled to return to the Grey’s Anatomy set on March 1 to begin work on the five remaining episodes of the season.

Just one problem: March 1 came and went and there was no Heigl.

Stevens Returns

A source within the actress’ camp claims that Katherine “was at home and ready to return to work.” Another insider, however, “insists that it’s much more complicated than that.”

So she just didn't go in? This whole thing is bizarre.

The source adds that talks between Heigl and ABC have been going on for months and last week both sides mutually decided that the best solution would be to part ways now.

As a result, Heigl is not expected to return to the Grey’s Anatomy set this season after all, which means her final episode as original character Dr. Izzie Stevens already aired.

The soon-to-be-finalized break-up caps a long history between Heigl and Grey’s Anatomy that can be described as contentions. Some of the more high-profile squabbles:
  • In 2007, Heigl found herself in the middle of the T.R. Knight / Isaiah Washington feud when she publicly dissed Isaiah for repeating the F-word at the Golden Globes.
  • In 2008, Heigl took a swipe at Grey’s Anatomy writers when she announced that she wasn’t entering the Emmy race because “did not feel I was given the material."
  • In 2009, she whined to David Letterman that Grey’s Anatomy was subjecting her to intolerable working conditions. “A 17-hour day, which I think is cruel and mean.”
  • Multiple times over the course of those years, Heigl's disagreements over her contract situation became public, with speculation that Season Five would be her last.

The bottom line is that we don't suspect that there will be any love lost on either side as this whole sordid chapter comes to an end. But how do you feel about it as fans?

Happy this ordeal is finally over? Couldn't care less? Sad that she's leaving, or at least sad that she's not getting a formal send-off and just vanishing?

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


I haven't been a fan of Izzie since season 4. In fact, she has been my least favorite main character on GA. I haven't missed izzie. I won't miss izzie. Bye izzie and don't let the door hit ya on the ass!


Izzie is a big fat baby...and really has gotten too big for her britches, as my mom would say.and I hope she falls on her conceited behind. Grey's made her, yet she can't remain loyal?? See ya Izz. Preston needs to come back. we need more of Meredith's dark and twisty side. New characters seem to bring the old ones to life, but we aren't seeing Alex, Meredith or really much of Christina. Who are we seeing?


Hey Jamie- I definitely noticed how Meredith has barely any storyline, and it's upsetting. I'm hoping she'll have a real wedding or get pregnant or just something! I just started watching the show again back from the beginning and I was like dang, it was so good when it was just the interns and the few attendings- storylines. It sucks that they keep adding new characters and wrote off Izzie and George, considering they were a huge chunk of the storyline. According to so many articles, she wanted out so I guess she got what she wanted but it still sucks that they made her marry Alex and then fall off the face of the earth. Anyway, I'll miss George and Izzie because they completed a perfect group of diverse friends. But yeah too much focus on Callie and Lexie and I'd rather see more Meredith/Derek and Cristina/Owen :)


I miss Izzie very much. I miss George even more. I do not agree however that Izzie's character should be given to someone else. I think that would ruin everything. If she absolutley has to go and there is absolutely no way to get her back, kill her off somehow. Find a way to bring George back. Or Dr. Burke. I believe it is a good time to bring him back considering Hunt has this little thing going on with Teddy. Christina needs someone to balance that relationship out. Im not so crazy over this season. I believe the writers need to pick it up because I don't even care if I miss an episode now, whereas the first seasons, I would have died.


I miss her so much.


I have no doubt in my mind that the show can make it without Izzie. I have'nt missed her, and I wont.. Show more of the struggles interns go through as residents.. Other than that I Love Season 6!! And Bye bye Izzie 23 of my friends dont even care for her... Love Greys Anatomy ooOOOoo Bring BURK BACK... Interesting idea :)


I really liked Izzie as a character and katherine as an actress and i really thought that i would have missed her this season but i haven't. so i guess i don't care.


Does KH have her own production company? If I were a producer I would think carefully about employing KH if she doesn't honor contracts.


Shonda Rhimes said Katherine Heigl was due on set on March 1st, it's not Shonda's fault if Katherine couldn't be bothered in turning up and doing her job, she is lucky she wasn't fired, us mere mortals pull a stunt like that with our employers and we'd get fired on the spot. I don't think Katherine should be allowed to end her contract she should pay Shonda Rhimes and ABC compensation for her unprofessionalism. In this instance Katherine Heigl is totally unprofessional. ABC and Shonda Rhimes should just recast the role of Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens. Give it to a new actress to breathe fresh air into, give Katherine Heigl the opportunity to go and continue with her movie career, people forget Katherine has been acting in movies since she was a teenager, her first movie was in 1992 when she was 14. Give Izzie to Grey's Anatomy and give Katherine Heigl to the movie industry.


Mcdreamyface: U said this - "I'll miss Izzie, but too true on the fact that some people forget that it's Grey's Anatomy and it's the story of Meredith's life.." I don't know if you have noticed or not but the show has also got away from being about Meredith! I mean we hardly ever see her anymore... it has all become about Lexi, Mark, Calli, Teddy, Owen, and Christina! Meredith has just been pushed to the side... it's really starting to make me mad. I also agree with the person who said a show can survive the loss of one main character but 2 is just ratings suicide! I mean seriously! seriously! i understand that K.H. has wanted to leave for a long time but I blame it on the writers and producers as much as i blame her... I mean they are the ones who had kept blowing things way out of proportion and you know they could have just went ahead and let Izzie die in season 5 so that the whole ordeal was over but no they kept her on even though she didn't wanna stay! Anyway I have just about had it with this show, it has been my favorite show for 4 years now and I just am getting to the point where I'm ready for it to end if it doesn't start improving... I miss the good ol' days when it was a show about 5 interns who were all a team... now it is about stuff that is irrelevant to Meredith or to half the cast. Sorry this is so long but I am venting because I am so upset about this! Izzie has been my favorite character since the beginning and i hate to see her go!

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